MEET THE TEAM

EXECUTIVES

Founder & CEO

Brian Knight is the owner and founder of Pragmatic Works and is a serial entrepreneur, starting other companies throughout his prolific career. He is the author of more than fifteen technical books and has spoken at dozens of conferences like PASS, SQL Connections, and TechEd. He has received a number of awards from the state, governor and press including the Business Ambassador Award (Governor) and Top CEO (Jacksonville Magazine). He is on the board of the region’s Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation.

President

Devin Knight is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, Microsoft Certified Trainer, and President of Pragmatic Works. He focuses on driving adoption of technology through learning. He is an author of nine Power Platform, Business Intelligence, and SQL Server books. He has been selected as a speaker for conferences like Power Platform Summit, PASS Summit, SQLSaturdays, and Code Camps for many years. Making his home in Jacksonville, Florida Devin is a contributing member to several local user groups.

TRAINERS

Mitchell

Mitchell Pearson has been with Pragmatic Works for 8 years as a Data Platform Consultant and the Training Content manager. Mitchell has authored books on SQL Server, Power BI and the Power Platform. Data Platform experience includes designing and implementing enterprise level Business Intelligence solutions with the Microsoft SQL Server stack (T-SQL, SSIS, SSAS, SSRS), the Power Platform and Microsoft Azure. 

 

Manuel

As a Training Content Manager, Consultant and Trainer with Pragmatic Works, Manuel uses his extensive knowledge of the BI Stack (SSRS, SSIS, SSAS etc.) to deliver exciting and engaging content. He also has experience with T-SQL, DAX, Power Platform and Azure Data Services. Manuel, however, is known for his impressive knowledge of the Microsoft Power BI tool. A native of Puerto Rico, He graduated from the University of Central Florida and loves being involved in the world of business intelligence. Manuel is a thought leader in the BI community.

Matt Peterson is a Trainer for Pragmatic Works specializing in the Power Platform. He graduated from the University of North Florida in 2006 and comes with 15 years of teaching experience in high school algebra. Matt earned the accomplishment in 2013 of being named the Florida Gifted Teacher of The Year. His primary focus is helping our customers learn the ins and outs of Power Apps and Power BI.

Jeremiah Hersey

Jeremiah Hersey is a Trainer for Pragmatic Works specializing in the Power Platform. He graduated from the University of North Florida in 2012 and comes with 5 years of teaching experience in high school mathematics. Jeremiah earned the accomplishment every year teaching, of being named one of the Best and Brightest teachers of Florida. His primary focus is helping our customers learn the in and outs of Power Apps.

Anthony coleman

Anthony Coleman is a Data Platform Consultant and Trainer for Pragmatic Works, specializing in

Azure and Power BI. Anthony attended Cleveland State University and comes with 10 years of Business Intelligence and data warehousing experience. Anthony is a tournament chess player that travels all over the country playing in chess tournaments. His primary focus is helping our customers learn Azure and Power BI.

Anthony coleman

Anthony Coleman is a Data Platform Consultant and Trainer for Pragmatic Works, specializing in

Azure and Power BI. Anthony attended Cleveland State University and comes with 10 years of Business Intelligence and data warehousing experience. Anthony is a tournament chess player that travels all over the country playing in chess tournaments. His primary focus is helping our customers learn Azure and Power BI.

Jonathon Silva

Jonathon Silva is a Trainer for Pragmatic Works, specializing in the Power Platform. He graduated from James Madison University in 2011, has a master’s degree in Education, and comes with 9 years of teaching experience in high school economics and history. Jonathon has consistently been recognized as a top educator in the field of history and leader in curriculum development. His primary focus is helping our customers learn the ins and outs of Power Apps and Power BI. 

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Bayer White

Bayer White is a Trainer for Pragmatic Works specializing in Power Apps. He graduated from the Florida State University and has over 20 years of experience developing software. Bayer has been recognition as a Microsoft MVP, has owned of his own software development company and is a technical author and speaker. His primary focus is helping our customers learn the ins and outs of Power Apps.

MARKETING

Julia Londero

Marketing Director

Julia, originally from Brazil, has been living in Jacksonville for 10 years. She graduated with honors from University of North Florida with a double major in Marketing & International Business and minor in Spanish. Julia also obtained her MBA with a concentration in Marketing from UNF.

 

As the Marketing Director, Julia evaluates and develops marketing strategies and plans by coordinating social media, email, and PPC marketing campaigns, including design of test/control segmentation, tracking/reporting/analyzing KPIs, and providing recommendations. She has extensive experience in the marketing industry and over 30 marketing certifications.

 

Her expertise in marketing strategy, project management, content creation, digital campaigns, paid-ads, product and service promotion, and marketing research and analytics all contribute to helping the company thrive.

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Ethan Corbin

Digital Marketing Associate

Ethan has been a digital marketing associate for Pragmatic Works since 2021. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Slippery Rock University with a major in marketing and a minor in management information systems. As the digital marketing associate, Ethan ensures that the website and social media are up-to-date. Additionally, He enjoys travelling to new places, learning new skills, and giving back to the community. 

SALES

Terri Mottram

Senior Sales Executive

Terri Mottram has had the privilege of working at Pragmatic Works for over 10 years and is our most Senior Sales Executive. She is the first to tell you that she has been in sales longer than some of her peers have been on planet Earth. That gives you a sense of her humor and willingness to laugh at herself.  Terri focuses on helping organizations and individuals to learn technology.  With a bachelor’s degree in Marketing/Management from Thomas College in Waterville, Maine (from the last century) Terri has skillfully negotiated many of our largest contracts to date. 

Terri covers most states East of the Mississippi.  She enjoys talking to, listening, and uncovering customers challenges and aligning training education to meet those needs.  She has embraced technology (e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter) that helps to communicate, educate, and connect folks both inside and outside the organization. 

Ashley Bennett

Training Renewal Specialist 

Ashley is a Florida native who has been working at Pragmatic Works for over a year and a half. She has a sales background and is currently the Training Renewal Specialist. She is also involved in account and customer relationship management. She received her marketing degree from the University of Florida and is presently pursuing her MBA at UF, as well. Go Gators!

Blake Dudley

Business Development Representative 

Blake comes from a military family and served four years in the U.S. Navy, spending much of his time traveling  both across the country and internationally. He has a diploma in Medical Insurance Billing and Coding as well as an Associate’s degree in both Criminal Justice and Healthcare Management. Blake enjoys studying new technologies, video games, anime, and learning about other cultures.

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Tricia Smith

Senior Account Executive

Tricia Smith is the newest Senior Account Executive to join the Pragmatic Works team! She comes to us with a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from University of North Florida and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Florida State University and holds over 5 years of sales experience in Fuel Management hardware, cloud-based software solutions, and banking products. Her authenticity, quick wit, and lighthearted nature accelerates her ability to build relationships, gain trust, and secure business acquisition. She enjoys listening to  training needs and linking Pragmatic Works solutions to the most important aspects of the customers strategy. Her life motto: you have to be odd to be number 1.   

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